71 People Arrested for Internet Child Pornography

Citywide Busts Puts 71 People in Jail on Internet Child Pornography Charges

child pornographyOfficials in New York said on Wednesday, May 21st, that a citywide bust had landed 71 people in jail on internet child pornography charges.

The child pornography bust, named Operation Caireen, is described as the largest so far in the city’s history, landing 70 men and 1 woman in jail for trading child pornography anonymously over the internet.

The child pornography bust also landed 600 computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices, in the hands of federal agents, with a total of 175 terabytes of storage. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will take the images and their analysts will attempt to identify the children.

“We refer to each of these images as a crime scene photo because that’s exactly what they are,” said John Ryan, the organization’s chief executive officer.

Being investigated or arrested for possessing or distributing child pornography, or sexual exploitation of a minor, is a serious allegation with potentially life altering consequences.

If you are convicted, you face doing time in prison and you may be required to register on the sex offender registry for the remainder of your lifetime.   A criminal conviction for child pornography may also jeopardize your future including:

  • loss of financial aid and scholarships,
  • job loss or the inability to obtain future employment,
  • disciplinary action before a professional board and/or loss of your professional license, and
  • loss of custody and visitation rights.

However, being arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor does not mean that you are guilty or that you do not have a defense

Defending Online Solicitation and Child Porn Charges in South Carolina

Prosecuting criminal solicitation of a minor cases is a top priority for South Carolina prosecutors. The Attorney General Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force  it oversees have successfully prosecuted one hundred one (101) Internet Child Predators since the Criminal Solicitation of a Minor law, a felony charge providing for a ten year sentence,  was passed in April 2004.

Under South Carolina law, you can be force to serve up to 10 years for online child solicitation.

Getting charged for possessing child pornography can ruin your personal and professional reputation. If you have been accused of possessing or distributing child pornography, you need an attorney who will take your side, guide you through the legal system and fight to protect your rights.

Charges may include:

  • Production of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Use of child pornography
  • Sexual assault
  • Sex with a minor

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Child Porn Charges in South Carolina

Being caught with child pornography on your computer usually implies that you intentionally downloaded the pornography and purposefully viewed it. However, we understand that that is not necessarily true. The defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will aggressively fight to defend your rights and provide you with the best child pornography defense. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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